Our Traveling Trunk

The Traveling Civil War History Trunk

We have something very unique for our teachers / educators to try to implement before they start their curriculum studies on the civil war era.

It is called our Traveling Civil War history trunk. This trunk is available for our local educators to use for one week at a time (Monday – Friday).

How it Works

  • 1st  – the teacher schedules a available date(s)

  • 2nd – make arrangements to picks the trunk from our learning center (please make arrangements at leased 30 day before use)

  • 3rd – use the trucks items for 1 week(s) time

  • 4th – return it to our learning center at the end of the week.

  • 5th – send us a picture using our Traveling Trunk


One of the best part of the Traveling Trunk idea for our teachers & educators is that- it is totally FREE. Yes, totally.

What’s so special about our Traveling Trunk?

The Traveling Civil War Trunk program provides reproduction Civil War artifacts, books, music and other various materials for teachers to utilize during their Civil War instruction.  The trunk helps creates interest in our American Civil War and in battlefield preservation by allowing students to have a hands-on experience; with soldier items of the time period.

This trunk has a variety of reproduction items related to the Civil War area; here are a few of the items from the trunk:

  • Kepi

  • Canteen

  • Minnie-ball

  • Haversack

  • Waist Belt

  • Ladies Bonnet

  • Uniform Coat

  • Civil War paper money

  • Assorted other soldier items

  • CD of Civil War period music

Also included are instructions & information on the items in the traveling Civil War Truck. Worksheet, Check off inventory list of items.

All we ask is that you make arrangements to come pick it up. You have use of the Trunk’s items for 1 week. And return it back to our learning center

The end results

We hope by you the educator will have a positive end result watching your students finding that connection of seeing those items being presented, having them hold them, wear them and appreciate history to a point where it sparks an interest.

We hope that you and your school will have us come to your school as a Classroom Visitor or let us arrange a battlefield tour for your class – having us as your battlefield tour guides to take their experience one step further.


Echoes Through Time

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Echoes Through Time shared Andersonville National Historic Site's post.

A Glimpse into Andersonville’s Archives

Chartered in 1883, the Women’s Relief Corps (WRC) served as an auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic. In 1896 they obtained the land that was once the location of the infamous Andersonville Prison, and right away started making improvements to the run-down condition that they received it in.

One of their first projects was constructing a cottage on site for families visiting Andersonville National Cemetery to use. This nine room, brick cottage sat on a piece of newly acquired land that the WRC purchased as an expansion to their preservation effort. Their ultimate goal: to memorialize the prison site. Efforts to create a memorial to the Civil War prisoners who suffered and died in the prison included a memorial rose garden, memorial orchard of pecan trees, and a road surrounding the historic prison site for visitors to use to explore.

By 1910, the grounds became almost too expensive for the WRC to maintain. It was then that the U.S. Government agreed to a land transfer. A WRC monument was erected at Andersonville in 1911 to honor the efforts of the women managing the site, followed by a monument to one of their founding members, Lizabeth Turner. While the government owned the land, however, the WRC still managed some aspects of it until the 1950s.

The WRC medal handed out to its members was in the shape of a Maltese cross. Some with red, white, and blue ribbons, others (like the one pictured) have the red, white, and blue stripes incorporated into the medal. “F.L.C” is engraved in each one to remind members of the Corps’ founding motto: Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty.

This metal, along with other items in our collections, will be on display in the National Prisoner of War Museum later this year. (JH)(NPS Photo)